Now that our hospital stay has come and gone, were we prepared? Absolutely!! I felt I packed just the right amount of things. There were just a few things we wish we had brought – nothing we wish we had left at home! See everything we packed in this post.
Glad We Brought
Tablet – So nice to have for multi-internet-friendly families. When Maze was sleeping (and we were not also sleeping or eating!) we were glad to have both a laptop and a tablet to share. It was great for its portability, and even better for video chatting with family members who weren’t there!
Swaddle blankets – The hospital blankets were stiff, and even the nurses told us they were terrible for swaddling. We brought 2 aden + anais receiving blankets and were very glad to have them for both swaddling and photography. And I think every single doctor and staff member who came in our room commented on how cute the bees and owls were!
Robe – I was very happy with my robe and PJ pants outfit. The pants weren’t a problem at all, and the robe gave me the perfect amount of coverage when our family was visiting. I was VERY eager to get out of the hospital gown!!
Nursing bras – I am a bra wearer and was very glad I packed a few sleep-style nursing bras – plus a more substantial one for my going home outfit. Wish I had bought even more in advance!
Food, bread, beer – My hospital meals were good and plentiful, so Matt usually ate about 1/3 of my tray, but we were glad to have snacks for him too. He made sandwiches on our bread and also got a few salads from the cafeteria.
Camera + video – So glad we lugged in the big camera. Those first photos are priceless, as were the first videos we took. Yes, we’re a technology obsessed family and are not ashamed of all the gadgets we brought in because we used them all!
Boppy – This made nursing SO much easier, and I also sat on it a few times. My bottom was so sore and swollen that sitting in the hospital bed all day seemed to make it worse, so the boppy was great for that. When I got home, I realized I liked My Brest Friend better for nursing, but the boppy was fine for the early days.
Extra pillows – We brought two extras that we packed at the last minute and were glad to have them. The hospital had an extra one for Matt, but ours were extra comfy. Could have left them at home and been fine though, as they were a lot to carry in.
Outfits for his photos – The hospital shirt was plain white and a 3-6 month size – too big for him! I was glad we packed our own hats and outfits to make his first photographs a bit more colorful : )
Toiletries/makeup/jewelry – I totally put on make-up and jewelry during my stay. It made me feel more normal and less like a patient. And I loved having my fancy Rose toiletries. Maze didn’t seem affected by my delicious smelling hair when he nursed, but I sure was!
Fleece – I never got cold, but Matt did, so we were glad he brought his fleece jacket.
Nursing Tanks – Great pack. I wore them all!
Nursing Cover – I used this when our family was visiting and I needed to breastfeed. Otherwise they would have all had to leave the room during our party. Glad I had it!
Burp Cloths – We could have just used something in the hospital – a wash cloth – but it was nice to have a few of our pretty burp cloths to use.
Nursing Pads – Used these on day 3 when my milk came in. Very glad I had them or I would have leaked everywhere!!
Thin Pads – Many of you told me these would not be heavy enough, and for the first day they were not. I rocked out the mesh undies and loved the giant hospital pads. But by the middle of day 2, the giant hospital pads were almost too bulky for my swelling and my thin super extra ultra overnight thin pads were way more comfortable – and plenty absorbent!
Things To Leave At Home
Mom hygiene – Anything related to healing they had plenty of. Numbing spray, Tucks pads, pads (although see my comment about thin pads above). I was happy to wear the mesh undies and didn’t use my throw-away Target ones until I got home, so bringing all 6 pairs wasn’t really necessary : )
Medicines – I didn’t know what the hospital would have, but they told me NOT to take my prenatals while I was there (although they didn’t give me any..) I didn’t pack any medicines like pain relievers, and I’m glad I didn’t because the hospital had all of that stuff. Figures because they specialize in medicine and healing : )
Diapers/wipes – Again, didn’t know what they would have, but they had plenty of diapers, wipes and baby care products like shampoo.
Slippers – I never wore my slippers. I probably could have, but I just put on my flip flops when walking around.
Matt Bathing Suit – As predicted, he totally didn’t get in the tub with me : )
Baby 411 Book – Didn’t pick it up. I had nurses to ask if I had questions, and in free time I was reading emails or relaxing, not reading books.
We Could Have Used
Nipple Soothies – My doctor recommended these for nipple soreness and Matt went down to the lactation corner to buy some. I’d have some on hand in advance!
Hair dryer – I didn’t really need one and it would have been a pain to pack, but our hospital didn’t have one and my hair had to air dry.
Versatile Footware For Matt – He came in his Toms and wished he had brought some slip ons because he did a lot of shoe tying between getting in and out of bed and going out of the room.
Headphones – Matt said he wished we had them at one point when he was editing video, but probably not that necessary.
More Fruit – Matt also said he wished we had brought more fruit, but I guess this was easily purchased in the cafeteria too, so not a big deal.
As you can see, our “glad we brought these” vastly outweighed the “didn’t needs” and “wish we hads.”